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Behind the Curtain: Johnny Winter

Behind the Curtain: Johnny Winter

I started selling guitar picks recently on eBay. I bought a collection from a former guitar tech and I’ve been putting them up on the site for people to bid…

Behind the Curtain: Sharing Studio Time (and Beer) With Zakk Wylde

Behind the Curtain: Sharing Studio Time (and Beer) With Zakk Wylde

When I first met Zakk Wylde around ’93 or ’94, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew he had been the guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band for about seven…

Behind the Curtain: Dedications and Interviews with Les Paul (and Eddie Van Halen)

Behind the Curtain: Dedications and Interviews with Les Paul (and Eddie Van Halen)

LES PAUL: BEHIND THE CURTAIN  Les Paul was the greatest rock star of all time. Without him there would have been no rock stars at all. Can you imagine the…

Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

I have interviewed Steve Vai probably 10 times over the course of the past 30 years or so. Each and every time he has been nothing less than engaged, bright,…

Behind the Curtain: B.B. King

Behind the Curtain: B.B. King

Writer’s Note: Those of you who have read the Behind the Curtain column before—and for those who haven’t, this is for you as well—know I write a story each month…

Behind the Curtain: Fistfights (and Apologies) with Yngwie Malmsteen

Behind the Curtain: Fistfights (and Apologies) with Yngwie Malmsteen

Though throwing my drink viciously in the face of Yngwie Malmsteen only required but a split second, I could see it all happening in slow motion. The gin and tonic…

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

This month’s Behind the Curtain finds journalist Steve Rosen recounting some extracurricular fun with Black Sabbath in the 1970s… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the gate, Black Sabbath was a species unto themselves. They…

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

This month’s installment of rock writer Steve Rosen’s Behind the Curtain stories captures the essence of being in the “right place at the right time…” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When the first announcement…

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Joe Cocker in 1972

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Joe Cocker in 1972

For this month’s Behind the Curtain, witer Steve Rosen recounts a special experience involving the late & great Joe Cocker… JOE COCKER: BEHIND THE CURTAIN 1972. I was one year…

Behind the Curtain: The Stress Test of Interviewing George Harrison at Warner Bros. HQ

Behind the Curtain: The Stress Test of Interviewing George Harrison at Warner Bros. HQ

—Ed. note: Sometimes, the thrill of speaking with a hero can be enough for a story – but in this case, Steve Rosen had quite an adventure even GETTING the…

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